nature http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3459/all en-US 5 Natural Wonders You Can See For Free http://www.wisebread.com/5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/amazing_nature_view_with_trolltunga.jpg" alt="Amazing nature view with Trolltunga" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people's bucket lists include visiting nature's most impressive sites: the Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls, the Great Barrier Reef, and Mount Everest, just to name a few. But entrance fees can cut into tight travel budgets.</p> <p>However, there are natural wonders that charge no entrance fees. These attractions are not man-made, they're totally wondrous, and cost nothing to visit and enjoy. Of course, you'll have to organize transport to and from the sites, but once there, you're free to witness them without paying for a ticket.</p> <h2>1. Harbor of Rio de Janeiro</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/aerial_view_of_christ_and_botafogo.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The harbor of Rio de Janeiro, also known as Guanabara Bay, is the second largest bay in Brazil, stretching 19 miles inland and over 17 miles across at its widest point. It's dotted with islands and surrounded by mountains, including the well known Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Peak with its Christ the Redeemer statue (there is a cost to visit the statue).</p> <p>The surrounding mountains provide spectacular vantage points to view the harbor from, and while the hikes to reach their peaks are challenging, the views far outweigh the exertion. Hiking up Pedra da Gavea (for experienced hikers/climbers only due to a technical section toward the top), Dois Irmãoes, or Corcovado will all give you panoramic views of the bay.</p> <h2>2. Dead Sea</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/dead_sea_salt.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Despite its moniker, the Dead Sea is actually a giant salt lake that borders Jordan, Israel, and Palestinian territories. The other part of its name is quite accurate, though, and stems from the fact that virtually nothing living can survive in its waters. This is due to the high concentration of salt contained in its water, almost 10 times as much as found in the ocean, making it one of the saltiest bodies of water on earth.</p> <p>Thanks to its high salinity, swimming in the Dead Sea is a strange and unusual experience. Rather than having to flap around to stay on the surface you can just lie back and let go. You'll naturally stay afloat. Most of beaches at the Dead Sea are privately owned and charge a fee to enter, however there are also a number of public beaches that you can use for free (including my favorite, Herodus Spring).</p> <h2>3. Redwood forests</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/path_in_the_redwoods.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Redwood National Park in California is famously home to some of the tallest trees on the planet, which can grow to well over 300 feet tall and have a diameter of 30 feet. These trees used to grow abundantly across much of California's coastline, but due to extensive logging over the past couple of centuries, their population has been significantly reduced. The remaining ones that lie within Redwood National and State Parks are now protected. While the state parks charge entrance fees, the national park is free to enter.</p> <p>Some of the oldest of these redwoods have been alive for more than 2,000 years, though the average age is closer to 600. Standing under one, you are completely dwarfed and can barely see the top. The feeling is both humbling and magnificent. There's plenty of wildlife to see as well, including elk, foxes, bears, and cougars on land. Because it's a coastal park, you can also catch sight of marine animals like whales and seals.</p> <h2>4. Amazon rain forest</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/wetlands_in_belem_do_para_brazil.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The world's largest rain forest covers an area of around 2,100,000 square miles and crosses into the territory of nine South American countries. Though 60 percent of the Amazon rain forest belongs to Brazil, parts of it stretch into Perú, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. It's amazing not just for its vast size, but also for its incredible biodiversity, with one in 10 known species on the planet calling the thick entanglement of life their home. Running through it is the Amazon River, which at around 4,000 miles is the second longest river in the world, after the Nile River.</p> <p>Thanks to the enormous land area that it covers, there are hundreds of ways to get into the Amazon rain forest, and it's possible to enter from any of the countries that it covers. There are also a number of cities that lie within or on the edge of the Amazon rain forest, such as Manaus, Santarem, and Belem in Brazil as well as Iquitos in Peru.</p> <p>It's definitely not advisable to go off on big independent excursions through the rain forest, but there are plenty of jungle retreats and hotels that allow you to experience the Amazon up close. You may have to pay for a hotel, but most access points don't require an entrance fee.</p> <h2>5. Trolltunga</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/amazing_nature_view_with_trolltunga.jpg" width="597" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The spectacular Trolltunga overhang has been the star of adventurous travelers' Instagram feeds for many years now, and seeing the photos it's easy to understand why. Not only does the rock hang precariously over a 2,300 plus foot drop, but it overlooks some truly spectacular natural scenery. Lake Ringedalsvatnet sprawls out into the mountainous distance directly beneath the rock, whose name translates to &quot;troll's tongue,&quot; thanks to its long flat shape. Daredevil visitors perch themselves on the edge of the overhang for an adrenaline rush captured with the perfect snap.</p> <p>Thanks in part to Norway's right to roam rules that allow you to go virtually anywhere without restriction, you can hike to Trolltunga and even camp nearby for the night at no cost. Bear in mind that it's a challenging 10&ndash;12 hour round trip hike, so you'll need to be in decent shape, as people get caught out each year and have to be rescued. Your personal safety when you reach Trolltunga is also entirely up to you because there are no barriers or guards present.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Natural%2520Wonders%2520You%2520Can%2520See%2520For%2520Free.jpg&amp;description=5%20Natural%20Wonders%20You%20Can%20See%20For%20Free"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Natural%20Wonders%20You%20Can%20See%20For%20Free.jpg" alt="5 Natural Wonders You Can See For Free" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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But maybe this isn't the year that you can afford to take that naturalist-guided Galapagos Islands excursion, either.</p> <p>No worries! There are many affordable places stateside where you can get off the grid without spending extravagantly. Some of these destinations have cushy lodging available, if that's your jam, but you also have the option to rough-it on a more modest budget.</p> <h2>1. California's Sierra country, other than Tahoe</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/kings_river_in_sequoia_national_park_california.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you visit Lake Tahoe in the summer, you'll love the crystalline waters, but hate the traffic and the brunch prices. Smart Californians know that you can enjoy the Sierra's fresh, piney breezes more affordably (and peacefully) from the shores of any number of less famous alpine lakes.</p> <p>Stay at the <a href="https://www.mslodge.com/" target="_blank">Montecito Sequoia Lodge &amp; Family Camp</a>, where a room that sleeps four or more is under $300 a night including meals and activities such as guided hikes through giant sequoias, bouldering, and stand-up paddleboarding in their private lake.</p> <h2>2. Kodachrome State Park, Utah</h2> <h2><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/kodachrome_storm.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></h2> <p>Many a dreamed-of National Park vacation has been spoiled by the reality that lodging books up really, really early. A great workaround &mdash; and often a money saver &mdash; is checking out state and county parks in the same region.</p> <p>Located just outside Bryce Canyon National Park (one of Utah's Big Five) much-smaller Kodachrome gets its name from its 67 flashily-pigmented stone spires. You can <a href="https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/kodachrome-basin/park-campground/" target="_blank">camp in the park ($17-$30 per night)</a> and take a trail ride through the red canyon past the gaudy spires, then take day trips into neighboring Bryce, famous for its hoodoo rock formations, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, known for the series of colorful plateaus, and the Wave, an undulating expanse of pulled-taffy-like sandstone that you have to win a daily lottery to hike.</p> <h2>3. Anchorage, Alaska</h2> <h2><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/anchorage.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></h2> <p>The largest city in the state for a nature lover's getaway? Well, yes, when the state is Alaska and that largest metropolis has just over 300,000 people. Right in town, 1,400-acre Kincaid Park is home to moose, porcupines, lynx, and eagles. Chugach State Park, one of the largest in the United States, begins just seven miles from downtown, and contains mountains, ferns, wildflowers, forests, ptarmigan, and brown and black bears.</p> <p>Modestly-priced hotels in Anchorage include the $140-a-night <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g31000-d10662666-Reviews-Ski_Inn-Girdwood_Anchorage_Alaska.html" target="_blank">Ski Inn</a>. Anchorage is pretty far from the rest of the United States, but getting there need not be a bank-breaker. Alaska Airlines offers flights from San Francisco and other lower-48 cities for under $400 round-trip, depending on dates.</p> <h2>4. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida</h2> <h2><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/dry_tortugas_island.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></h2> <p>Would you like to camp under a palm tree on a white sand beach, under a star-studded sky 70 miles from the mainland? What if I told you it only <a href="https://www.nps.gov/drto/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm" target="_blank">costs $15 a night</a>? It really does, at one of the most isolated national parks in the lower 48.</p> <p>Activities include snorkeling coral reefs among young barracuda, lobsters, and tropical fish; birding; and watching for the adorable sea turtles that give the park its name.</p> <p>The campground fee isn't the only expense of a Dry Tortuga getaway. The ferry from the mainland will set you back <a href="https://www.drytortugas.com/rates-reservations/" target="_blank">$195 round-trip</a> &mdash; but it includes breakfast, lunch, and the use of snorkeling equipment.</p> <h2>5. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/sleeping_bear_dunes_national_lakeshore.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Including sand dunes 400 feet above Lake Michigan and offshore islands, this lovely area is home to pine forests, abandoned farms reverting back to meadowland, the occasional bobcat, and wildflowers such as cowslips and St. John's Wort.</p> <p>Stay at a rural inn like the <a href="http://www.duneswood.com/rooms.html" target="_blank">Duneswood Resort</a> for $100-$200 a night, or in one of the many hotels in Traverse City, where you can stroll the charming downtown. In early July, the city holds its <a href="http://www.cherryfestival.org/our-events/2017-tickets" target="_blank">Cherry Festival</a>, with an air show, concerts, and foodie events.</p> <h2>6. Cannon Beach, Oregon</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/indian_beach_in_ecola_state_park.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>From a single platform at Ecola State Park on this Oregon Coast spot, you can view gray whales, bald eagles, and brown pelicans. At dusk, moose emerge to graze in the park. On the beach, tide pools teem with life that the ocean left behind, including sea stars, hermit crabs, and sometimes even spiny little sea urchins. The best pools are around <a href="http://friendsofhaystackrock.org/haystack-rock-awareness-program/marine-garden-refuge/" target="_blank">Haystack Rock</a>, a 235-foot-tall arrowhead-shaped rock sticking out of the ocean that you can walk to at low tide.</p> <p>Nearby hotels range from $100-$200 or so per night.</p> <h2>7. Joshua Tree National Park, California</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/joshua_tree_national_park_at_sunset_usa.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Don't be fooled into thinking there's nothing to see in the desert &mdash; or that all desert nature is the same. In fact, this <a href="https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/night-sky-festival.htm" target="_blank">Southern California national park</a> sits at the confluence of two distinct desert ecosystems, the low Colorado and the high Mojave. Admire the Seussian trees the park is named for; explore boulder piles, desert washes, and strange rock formations; and gaze at some of the most spectacular night skies you'll see anywhere.</p> <p>You can camp in the park, or stay at the <a href="http://www.campbellhouse29palms.com/" target="_blank">Campbell House</a> bed and breakfast outside the gate for about $150 a night, which gives you the ability to cool off in a swimming pool after hikes.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-affordable-destinations-for-nature-lovers&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Affordable%2520Destinations%2520for%2520Nature%2520Lovers.jpg&amp;description=7%20Affordable%20Destinations%20for%20Nature%20Lovers"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Affordable%20Destinations%20for%20Nature%20Lovers.jpg" alt="7 Affordable Destinations for Nature Lovers" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-destinations-for-nature-lovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-to-machu-picchu-and-back-for-30">How to Get to Machu Picchu and Back for $30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-travel-on-a-budget-while-in-expensive-countries">6 Ways to Travel On a Budget While in Expensive Countries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-affordable-autumn-destinations-for-nature-lovers">4 Affordable Autumn Destinations for Nature Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/train-vs-plane-travel-which-is-right-for-you">Train vs. Plane Travel: Which Is Right for You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-of-the-safest-countries-to-visit-in-2018">5 of the Safest Countries to Visit in 2018</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel affordable travel frugal travel get outside nature nature lovers travel travel destinations travel tips Wed, 07 Jun 2017 08:00:10 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1961112 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hiking_alone_in_the_mountains.jpg" alt="Hiking alone in the mountains" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Exploring the great outdoors is a wonderful way to spend a vacation, yet it's not always cheap. Many countries have expensive national park fees, camp fees, and general high cost of travel.</p> <p>Check out these inexpensive destinations for your next outdoor adventure.</p> <h2>1. Canada</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/bull_elk_in_banff_in_the_canadian_rockies.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Canada is an incredible destination for nature lovers. With a population of 35 million people spread over a vast 3.85 million square miles spanning from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and north to the Arctic Ocean, opportunities for outdoor recreation in untouched wilderness areas abound.</p> <p>Plus, as a part of the country's celebration of its 150th birthday, this year you can take advantage of the fact that <em>all </em>national parks in Canada are free with the <a href="https://www.commandesparcs-parksorders.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?storeId=22953&amp;categoryId=216870&amp;catalogId=53407" target="_blank">2017 Discovery Pass</a>. With more than 40 national parks throughout the country, there is plenty of outdoor exploration to be done in expansive forests, tundra, and mountainous regions.</p> <p>Canada's well-known highlights such as Vancouver Island, Banff National Park, and the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort are well worth a visit. But you should also consider some lesser-known gems, like going on a <a href="http://arctickingdom.com/trip/narwhal-watching-and-safari/" target="_blank">polar bear and narwhal safari</a> in the far northern province of Nunavut.</p> <p>Highlights in the east of the country include Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Highlands, where you can take in spectacular coastal views and may even glimpse minke or pilot whales breaking offshore. In the winter months, you can ski in Quebec, north of Montreal.</p> <p>Head to the Great Lakes region for an epic canoe or kayak trip in the warmer months. Some of the diverse wildlife you could see along the way may include moose, bears, and loons, just to name a few.</p> <p>As an added budget bonus, the U.S. dollar currently trades around 40 percent better than it did five years ago, so Americans can save some serious money on a trip to our great northern neighbor.</p> <h2>2. Kyrgyzstan</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/kazakh_jurt.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Between its rugged mountain ranges, extensive pasture lands, and high-altitude lakes, this rural country has no shortage of outdoor activities. Seminomadic peoples still live in the mountains here, with yurts dotting many mountainsides.</p> <p>Landing in Bishkek, the country's capital, you can head to Issyk-Kul, the world's second largest alpine lake, which is located at the foot of the Tian Shan Mountains. The area is a great base for an outdoors-oriented vacation, with swimming, hiking, camping, and trekking all available.</p> <p>Other trekking destinations include Lake Song Kol and Lenin Peak on the border with Tajikistan. For those who aren't interested in walking the whole way, horse treks in Kyrgyzstan are a fun way to get around.</p> <p>Kyrgyzstan is an affordable destination overall. We calculate the cost of traveling there at <a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/guide-backpacking-kyrgyzstan/" target="_blank">$63 per day for two people</a> sharing accommodations. Plus, you won't have to add visa fees to your travel budget, since no visa is required for Americans visiting for up to 60 days.</p> <p>Discover Kyrgyzstan, the government's official tourism arm, is currently planning new sustainable tourism options around Issyk-Kul and hiking opportunities in the Jyrgalan region, so it's likely that the country will soon be on the radar of all outdoor enthusiasts.</p> <h2>3. Nepal</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/prayer_flags_and_mt._annapurna_i_background.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Nepal is an internationally renowned destination for adventurers, boasting the famous Everest and Annapurna peaks, and lesser-known areas for trekking, such as the Langtang region north of the capital city, Kathmandu. While summiting Everest is a highly technical and expensive undertaking, there are many other treks in the country that are accessible to hikers of nearly all levels.</p> <p>Planning a trek to a mountain base camp is one good option, enabling you to hike in the vicinity of the world's greatest peaks without spending tens of thousands of dollars to summit them. These are still challenging hikes that should not be underestimated, but with training and proper preparation, they are certainly manageable.</p> <p>Most hikes can be easily planned out of Kathmandu, the country's vibrant and busy urban center. Here you can acquire the required permits for your trek, which usually cost around 2,000 Nepali rupees, or about $20. Farther west, the charming tourist town of Pokhara is a common base for travelers preparing to do the popular Annapurna circuit trek.</p> <p>Not only does Nepal boast stunning landscapes, but it's also a very affordable place to travel, with cheap transportation and meals costing as little as $1. Lonely Planet estimates you can travel for as little as $30 a day, including budget accommodations, two meals, and a trekking porter/guide. A midrange organized trek costs $60&ndash;$80 per day.</p> <h2>4. Chile</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/graceful_silhouette_guanaco_on_the_lake_pehoe.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Chile is a country of abundant natural beauty, from its extensive coastline to the impressive mountains of Patagonia &mdash; a breathtaking trekking region at the southern end of Chile and Argentina.</p> <p>Torres del Paine National Park, in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, is replete with glaciers and crystal clear mountain lakes. You'll want to plan a trip between mid-September and early May, which are the southern hemisphere's warmer months.</p> <p>Overall, Patagonia is not a budget destination, but it is quite possible to do one of the famous treks in Torres del Paine without breaking the bank. The entrance fee is around $30, but if you plan to do the W Trek (four days) or the O Trek (around eight days), this fee is minimal given the amount of time you'll be spending in the park.</p> <p>There are also numerous free campsites in the park that can help you save money as well. Pack your own food, stay in as many free campsites as you can, and you can end the entire O Trek in Patagonia spending very little. Even if you do have to pay for campsites, they're only around $15 per person, so it's pretty affordable accommodations!</p> <p>Unless you have a lot of time for a road trip, you'll want to fly into the Patagonian towns of Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales. Be sure to reserve your flight far ahead &mdash; Travel and Leisure recommends booking six months in advance &mdash; to ensure you get a seat on one of these in-demand flights.</p> <p>Other impressive sites in Chile include the Atacama Desert, which is one of the best places on earth for stargazing, given its high altitude and the near absence of humidity in the air. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Things That Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable</a>)</p> <h2>5. Thailand</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/sunset_thai_countryside_in_thailand.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Long known as a budget traveler's paradise, Thailand was recently rated as one of the world's 20 cheapest countries to visit by The Telegraph newspaper. Lonely Planet estimates travelers here can get by on as little as $29 a day, with delicious street meals costing less than $2 in many cases.</p> <p>Known for its beautiful beaches, Thailand is actually a fairly diverse outdoor destination. There are many jungle treks in the north of the country where you can explore the country's rich cultural heritage and visit some of the many impressive temples. Most of these treks depart from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.</p> <p>For shorter hikes off the beaten path, check out Sri Phang Nga National Park in southern Thailand, which features spectacular waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and huge parasitic rafflesia flowers.</p> <p>Interested in water activities? Head to islands like Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao, where you can complete your scuba diving certification without breaking the bank. An open water certification costs 9,800 baht (or around $285). There is no need to book ahead, since the island is full of dive shops that offer certifications, and you can comfortably shop around for the best price once you arrive.</p> <p>If you're not a diver, you can explore the islands by scooter or foot, stopping to snorkel and swim along the way.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Affordable%2520Countries%2520Every%2520Outdoor%2520Explorer%2520Can%2520Afford%2520to%2520Visit.jpg&amp;description=5%20Affordable%20Countries%20Every%20Outdoor%20Explorer%20Can%20Afford%20to%20Visit"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Affordable%20Countries%20Every%20Outdoor%20Explorer%20Can%20Afford%20to%20Visit.jpg" alt="5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors">8 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Outdoors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping">7 Things You Should Never Do When Camping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel camping cheap travel credit cards hiking nature outdoors travel Mon, 05 Jun 2017 08:30:08 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1957907 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Great Side Jobs for Outdoorsy Types http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-side-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-great-side-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000057673262_Large.jpg" alt="his job allows him to be outdoors" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If working a 9-to-5 job in an office cubicle is slowly driving you crazy, remember that you've got options. There are lots of ways to supplement your income from a &quot;regular&quot; job with a side gig that lets &mdash; nay, requires! &mdash; you to roam free in nature. Computer eye strain be gone! Here are 12 side jobs for lovers of the great outdoors. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-cool-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types?ref=seealso">11 Cool Jobs for Outdoorsy Types</a>)</p> <h2>1. Waterkeeper</h2> <p>Imagine a job where you <a href="http://www.midshoreriverkeeper.org/about-us/the-riverkeeper-program/">get paid to paddle</a> a beautiful natural waterway. Waterkeepers, or riverkeepers, do precisely that, scouting for polluters and testing for water quality along the way. They are the protectors of our rivers and lakes, working to keep these natural resources pristine. Ask <a href="http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/go-outside/living-dream-top-10-best-outdoor-jobs/">riverkeeper Hartwell Carson</a> his favorite part of patrolling North Carolina's French Broad River Trail, and he'll tell you this: &quot;Getting in my canoe around sunset and paddling upstream, trying to be all stealth.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Wilderness Instructor</h2> <p>In some schools, nature is a subject of study no less important than reading or math. Taught by experts in <a href="http://www.wildernesscollege.com/nature-instructor.html">food foraging and shelter building</a>, these classes school children on the interconnectivity between humans and nature, something often overlooked in this age of smartphones and tablets. In addition to schools, church groups, Girl Scout troops, and neighborhood associations sometimes employ wilderness instructors for workshops.</p> <h2>3. Trail Blazer</h2> <p>At $10 an hour, you can <a href="http://cumberlandtrail.org/job-opportunities/trail-building-assistant-crew/">build a hiking trail</a> deep into the Tennessee wilderness, erecting signage and mending weather-worn safety features as you go. No loafers. No desk. Just a backpack full of tools and a wide-brimmed hat.</p> <h2>4. Photographer</h2> <p>Early morning light and the evening golden hour make for beautiful photographs. For these reasons and more, many photographers are averse to studio portraiture. Hey &mdash; who wouldn't prefer to take pictures while immersed in the natural elements? Whether you decide to start up your own family portrait business or take on a gig as a stringer at your local newspaper, photography can be a great way to boost your income while fueling your love of nature. Music festivals, historical sites, real estate companies, and local tourism boards all need stellar photography, too.</p> <h2>5. Deckhand</h2> <p>Nothing says summertime like a <a href="http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Boston-Harbor-Cruises/jobs/Deckhand-5cd79885cb75cc95?sjdu=QwrRXKrqZ3CNX5W-O9jEvVDOP_GC6hntMgEYpG6zhUf_adNLq8hAX3uEzOB_RA-sn_INQdOUOwQFKoNzQQ_YZtNFrMWxUUpcwLNKqYGdiY0">cruise along the harbor</a>. And if you score a part-time, $10-an-hour deckhand gig, you can enjoy the experience time and time again while getting paid for it. All tour boats and most fishing boats need deckhands &mdash; and many of these gigs don't require previous experience, making them accessible to newbies aching to get out on the water. Working as a deckhand is also a great way to grow your knowledge about boats.</p> <h2>6. Arborist</h2> <p>Get those <a href="http://www.indeed.com/cmp/McLoughlin-Arboricultural-Services/jobs/Arborist-5ce89b61df3fde80?q=Arborist+part+time">tree legs</a> ready! Climbing, pruning, planting, and preserving are all in the arborist's job description. If you have any interest in saving trees, this is the gig for you.</p> <h2>7. Ski School Instructor</h2> <p>If getting paid to play on a powder-covered mountain sounds like good fun, consider becoming a ski school instructor. Among the perks: Free ski passes, and the satisfaction of teaching newbies how to make their first turns.</p> <h2>8. Surf Instructor</h2> <p>If you live to catch waves, why not make a little extra cash teaching others to do the same? Many surf instructors are regular folks with regular weekday jobs &mdash; but on the weekends, they like to go out and play in the water while making an extra chunk of change.</p> <h2>9. River Rafting Guide</h2> <p>&quot;The typical guide is <a href="http://riverrider.com/jobs.php">someone who enjoys being outdoors</a>, and likes the water and nature and sunshine in general.&quot; That's how River Rider, a whitewater rafting company based in Oregon, describes its employees. Most of them, the website states, are folks with full-time desk jobs somewhere else. They're also lovers of river rafting, and they see a convenience factor in getting paid to do it while bringing other folks along for a wet and wild ride.</p> <h2>10. House Painter</h2> <p>Painting the exterior of a home is a job that requires precision and, of course, a tolerance for spending long hours outdoors. It's also a job that can make you feel good. With every house you paint, you'll know that you've played a role in raising its curb appeal.</p> <h2>11. Wine Tour Guide</h2> <p>If getting paid to drive and <a href="https://www.winejobscalifornia.com/wine-jobs/santa-ynez/california/dynamic-driver-host-for-wine-tours/22573">entertain a car full of wine tasters</a> around the vineyards of Santa Ynez doesn't sound like fun, we don't know what does. This part-time gig has got it all: Gorgeous landscapes, delicious wine, and the opportunity to meet and educate wine tasters about grapes and this gorgeous sliver of California wine country.</p> <h2>12. Zoo Tour Guide</h2> <p>As a tour guide at your local zoo, you'll trade in coworkers with neckties for lions and lemurs &mdash; and you'll have the unique privilege of showing off these beautiful species to wide-eyed visitors. <a href="https://www.hrapply.com/sandiegozoo/AppJobView.jsp?link=7255&amp;page=AppJobList.jsp&amp;skimSessionName=com.hrlogix.view.cont.table.cs.req.JobListTable&amp;skimName=requisition.requisition_id&amp;skimNdx=2&amp;op=reset">The San Diego Zoo</a> pays between $20 and $22 per hour for friendly, informed part-time guides.</p> <p><em>What other side jobs would be perfect for outdoorsy people? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-side-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-side-jobs-for-athletic-types">9 Side Jobs for Athletic Types</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-side-benefits-of-your-side-hustle">5 Unexpected Side Benefits of Your Side Hustle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-must-know-about-money-before-you-take-a-side-job">10 Money Moves You Need to Make Before You Take a Side Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-part-time-jobs-to-do-while-your-kids-are-at-school">17 Part-Time Jobs to Do While Your Kids Are at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-you-can-earn-18-to-25-an-hour-with-amazon-flex">How You Can Earn $18 to $25 an Hour With Amazon Flex</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income fitness freelance nature outdoors outdoorsy part-time job side job Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:30:22 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1691405 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Cool Jobs for Outdoorsy Types http://www.wisebread.com/11-cool-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-cool-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ski_instructor_000005068239.jpg" alt="Ski instructor has perfect job for an outdoorsy type" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you absolutely loathe the idea of sitting at a desk all day and dream of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors">outdoorsy adventures</a>? Then think beyond the cubicle, and check out these awesome jobs you can do in the great outdoors!</p> <h2>1. Park Ranger</h2> <p>There are a number of local, state, and national parks that need rangers to patrol both land and water. You'll supervise different park initiatives, check for hunting and fishing permits, and investigate different issues within their park's boundaries. Most rangers need a bachelor's degree in <a href="http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/Careers07.aspx">biology, ecology, forestry, natural resource management</a>, or a related field.</p> <p>Median salary: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Park_Ranger/Salary">$35,075</a></p> <h2>2. Tour Guide</h2> <p>Whether it's taking people through a historic landmark, city, or country landscape, tour guides are employed in various locations across the globe. I just did a <a href="http://www.indeed.com/q-Tour-Guide-jobs.html">quick search</a>, and it turned up a sightseeing job in San Francisco, CA, a bike tour guide gig in Madison, WI, and a nature guide position in Honolulu, HI. These jobs don't pay a ton, but they're anywhere you want to be.</p> <p>Median pay: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Tour_Guide/Hourly_Rate">$11/hour</a></p> <h2>3. Ski Instructor</h2> <p>Get paid to ride the slopes with a seasonal ski instructor job. You'll teach adults and children basic skiing or snowboarding skills. Killington's <a href="http://www.killington.com/company/employment/winter_opportunities/index.html">job page</a> details that having Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) or American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) certification gives you an advantage. Not into teaching? You can also check out ski patrol positions that provide emergency service up the mountain.</p> <p>Median pay: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Ski_Instructor/Hourly_Rate">$12/hour</a></p> <h2>4. Ornithologist, Entomologist, Zoologist</h2> <p>If you work in the <a href="http://www.aboutbioscience.org/careers/">biological sciences</a>, there's a good chance your job might take you outdoors. My friend is an ornithologist, and spends months at a time on a remote island recording migratory habits of different species. <a href="http://www.aboutbioscience.org/careers/entomologist">Entomologists</a> do similar work, just with bugs. <a href="http://www.aboutbioscience.org/careers/zoologist">Zoologists</a> work with all different critters in the animal kingdom, and they spend much of their time outdoors. You'll need specialized degrees for these positions, but a job interacting with nature may very well be worth the time in school.</p> <p>Median salary: Varies</p> <h2>5. EMT</h2> <p>Emergency medical technicians' jobs are surely intense. According to the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm">Bureau of Labor Statistics</a>, the outlook on EMT jobs growth is above average. You'll care for the sick and critically injured, respond to emergency calls, and transport patients to nearby hospitals after performing basic care tasks like CPR. To get this job, you'll need to complete an EMT program and some states also require licensing through the <a href="http://www.nremt.org">National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians</a>.</p> <p>Median salary: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Certification=Emergency_Medical_Technician_(EMT)/Salary">$30,316</a></p> <h2>6. Farmer</h2> <p>If you like getting up before dawn, working with the land, and enjoying the fruits of your labor, farming might be for you. There are farms of all focuses and sizes across the United States. Some people may fall into the family farming business, while other choose to get degrees in <a href="http://admissions.cals.cornell.edu/academics/majors/agricultural-sciences/">Agricultural Sciences</a> to get their start. Whatever your path, this is a diverse field with a number of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors and working with your hands.</p> <p>Median salary: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Farmer/Salary">$33,653</a></p> <h2>7. Landscape Architect</h2> <p>Ever wonder who designs parks, gardens, playgrounds, and other lush, green areas? Landscape architects take on these projects &mdash; and more. You'll spend some time in the office using different technologies to help plot out your plans. Otherwise, you'll spend most of your days in the space and checking out different plants and shrubs to enhance your creations. You'll need a <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/landscape-architects.htm#tab-4">bachelor's or master's degree</a> to do this type of work. If that's not in the cards for you, consider being part of the landscaping team.</p> <p>Median salary: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Landscape_Architect/Salary">$53,028</a></p> <h2>8. Environmental Scientist</h2> <p>I have a number of friends who work as environmental scientists in the hills of Pennsylvania. They are outdoors most every day &mdash; no matter the weather &mdash; evaluating different issues with soil, pollution, water, and and other <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/environmental-scientists-and-specialists.htm#tab-2">environmental concerns</a>. Some specific careers in this field include climate change analysts, environmental health specialists, industrial ecologists, and environmental chemists. You'll definitely need a college degree to get these jobs. Once you do, you'll get to focus your time on the environment from your (mostly) outdoor office.</p> <p>Median salary: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Environmental_Scientist/Salary">$49.048</a></p> <h2>9. Postal Worker</h2> <p>Speaking of working in the rain, sleet, and snow, most postal carriers are outside every day, all day. The <a href="https://about.usps.com/careers/search-apply/welcome.htm">United States Postal Service</a> (USPS) has a few requirements before employment. You need to be 18 years old, or at least 16 with a high school diploma. You'll also need US residency, a safe driving record, and be able to pass a criminal background check. After that? You'll spend your days walking door-to-door, breathing fresh air.</p> <p>Median salary: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=United_States_Postal_Worker_(Carrier)/Hourly_Rate">$51,381</a></p> <h2>10. Archaeologist</h2> <p>Do you like digging up stuff? Archaeology gives you plenty of opportunities to do just that. You'll need a degree before picking up your shovel. Beyond doing academic research, archaeologists are employed by a variety of domestic and international agencies. For example, the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/archeology/">National Park Service</a> employs a team of archaeologists to help preserve, conserve, and protect different sites and artifacts within its park boundaries.</p> <p>Median salary: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Archaeologist/Salary">$49,029</a></p> <h2>11. Lifeguard</h2> <p>I have a friend who is a professor but spends his summers lifeguarding on the NJ coast. Depending on where you live, lifeguarding can even be a full-time job. You'll spend your days around lots of people, sand, and surf. You'll perform drills, ride around on different equipment (jeeps, boats, jetskis, etc.), and maybe even save a life or two. And while pay varies, in 2011, the salaries of some Californian lifeguards raised more than a few eyebrows: many in Newport Beach were making <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-05-21-california-lifeguard-high-pay_n.htm">over $100,000</a> in total compensation per year! While this is the exception to the rule, it's still pretty amazing.</p> <p>Median salary: Varies</p> <p><em>Do you have an outdoorsy job?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-cool-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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However, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Some of these aren't preventable, but you have quite a bit of control over how comfortable you are, how safe you are, and how much fun you have while you're camping. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks?ref=seealso">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a>)</p> <p>If you're wondering how to have the best experience possible, here are some things you should always avoid when you go camping. For your next trip, don't...</p> <h2>1. Get There in the Dark</h2> <p>Setting up camp in the dark is hard, and it can be dangerous, too. Even in the best-groomed campsites, there are often sticks, rocks, holes, or lumps of dirt, which can become tripping hazards when you run into them full-tilt carrying a tent pole. Sure, you have headlights and flashlights, which can help, but nothing tops arriving early in the day so you can assess your surroundings. In addition, arriving in the light means that you can find things like the all-important toilet.</p> <p>If something happens and you can't avoid a nighttime arrival, do your best to get as much light in the area as possible. Park facing your camping area and turn on your headlights. Tie flashlights to trees. Set a lantern up in the middle of your living area. Then, before you set up your tent, take your time clearing the area of debris and scouting out anything that might hurt you.</p> <h2>2. Wander the Forest Alone</h2> <p>Most camping is done in an area where you're not familiar with the landscape or, at least, less familiar than you are at home. Camping can also involve hazards that you aren't comfortable dealing with on your own and that you may not be able to anticipate. Because of this, it's always a good idea to take someone with you when you camp and not to go on outings alone.</p> <p>If you want to camp alone or you just need a time-out from your camping partners, be sure to tell someone where you're headed and about when you plan to return. If your friend knows you're out on a three-mile hike, they won't panic when you aren't back in an hour, but they will know that they should sound the alarm when three or four have passed.</p> <h2>3. Leave Your Food Out</h2> <p>Critters love human food, and they will get into anything you leave out. Even small animals, like chipmunks and squirrels, can make a huge mess, and the food isn't very good for them, either. In some areas, you risk a run-in with something less desirable, like a bear or a skunk. And don't store food in your tent, either, because you certainly don't want animals in there!</p> <p>Usually, it is fine to put dry food in your car and to close and latch your cooler. In some areas, where bears are known to roam, you will need to make your food even more secure. Find out ahead of time what is required and make sure you have the supplies and know-how to do that.</p> <h2>4. Forget Warm Clothes</h2> <p>When it comes to the weather, something unexpected is almost bound to happen while you're camping, and it's best to be prepared with the right clothing. Since most camping happens during warm months, people tend to forget warm clothes. It's easy to ignore the fact that nights are almost always cooler than days, and that rain storms or cold winds can happen without warning. And, sometimes, you will want long pants and long sleeves for different reasons, like to keep bugs from biting or to keep the sun off you.</p> <p>If you're heading to a mountainous or high desert area, it's even more important that you bring warm clothes. Nighttime temperatures in both of these climates are significantly colder than daytime ones, and you could end up miserable and ill without the right clothing.</p> <h2>5. Annoy Your Neighbors</h2> <p>When you're camping, the people at the site next door can become your helpers, your new best friends... or the people who wouldn't help you for the world because you annoyed them so much. If you don't want to find yourself in deep water with the neighbors, follow your common sense. Don't get drunk, make lots of noise in the middle of the night, play loud music, drive too fast in camp, or leave your fire burning when you aren't there.</p> <p>If you've done something annoying, it pays to apologize. And if you apologize with some freshly-baked camp cookies, it's even better. When you acknowledge that you did something annoying, people are likely to forgive... as long as it doesn't happen again.</p> <h2>6. Bring Equipment You Don't Know How to Use</h2> <p>I don't care how experienced you are. Each tent goes up a little differently, and it pays to know exactly how the one you brought works. The same goes for any other gear: your stove, your hydration pack, your nifty new camp-cooking appliance. Take it out of the box and figure it out before you leave. Otherwise, you waste valuable camping time and try your own patience, not to mention that of the people camping with you.</p> <p>If you don't have a chance to put up your tent at least once before you leave, make sure you have plenty of light and plenty of time once you arrive at your destination. Send the kids to explore and let your spouse do something else while you figure it out. You'll all be happier with each other and better able to enjoy the rest of your stay.</p> <h2>7. Forget the Toilet Paper</h2> <p>I get it. Your campsite has a bathroom &mdash; a real bathroom, with running water and paper towels and maybe even a shower. I don't care. Bring your toilet paper.</p> <p>You never know when a campground bathroom will run out of TP in the middle of the night, or when you'll be out by the lake or on a hike and find yourself in need. In these cases, it's so much less awkward to have the supplies you need. Sure, you have to trek it along in the first place, but it will save you a headache in the end.</p> <p><em>What do you enjoy most about camping? And what would you never, ever do?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%20Things%20You%20Should%20Never%20Do%20When%20Camping.jpg&amp;description=7%20Things%20You%20Should%20Never%20Do%20When%20Camping" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Things%20You%20Should%20Never%20Do%20When%20Camping.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit">5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors">8 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Outdoors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip">The Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Travel camping nature outdoors safety Thu, 13 Aug 2015 17:00:14 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1518309 at http://www.wisebread.com Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_camping_000020319724.jpg" alt="Couple camping for a week at national parks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some of the most awe-inspiring <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">places to camp</a> across the United States are in the National Park system, which means that staying inside their boundaries is super affordable. Here is a sampling of attractions and prices for maintained campgrounds at different parks across the country. The mean price to stay at these destinations &mdash; parking and camping together &mdash; is around $160 per week. Have you packed your bags yet?</p> <h2>1. Acadia National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/acadia_000010302667.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Trek up to Maine to <a href="http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm">Acadia National Park</a>. You'll find Cadillac Mountain, the tallest point on the Atlantic coast, beautiful ocean views, countless acres of forest, and New England's classic rocky beaches. For seven-day access with your vehicle, you'll pay $25; it's only $12 for bikers, hikers, and pedestrians. From there, you have two camping locations from which to choose: Blackwoods Campground and Seawall Campground. Cost is between $22 and $30 per night. Reservations are recommended in the peak season from May through October.</p> <h2>2. Yosemite National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/yosemite_national_park.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>There are a whopping 13 campgrounds in California's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm">Yosemite National Park</a>. That doesn't mean finding a camping spot will necessarily be easy at this popular destination. With Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Tuolumne Meadows, Cathedral Peak, and more attractions &mdash; you'll want to plan ahead. Daily camping fees range from $12 to $26, with parking adding another $30 for a seven-day pass ($15 for bike or foot access). Though most sites require reservations, six of the grounds are on a first come, first served basis.</p> <h2>3. Olympic National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/olympic_national_park_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>With close to one million acres, Washington's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm">Olympic National Park</a> boasts everything from snowcapped peaks to wild winding rivers to gorgeous Pacific Coast shoreline. If you're unable to hike for some reason, check out 30-mile Quinault Rainforest Loop. The road snakes all the way around Lake Quinault on the south side of the park. You get access for your car for $20 a week or hike in for just $7. Camping is another $15 to $22 per day, depending on which of the 16 locations you choose. Most (15) of the campsites operate on a first come, first served basis.</p> <h2>4. Great Smoky Mountains National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/smoky_mountains_000019016860.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>You might not know that America's most visited national park is the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm">Great Smoky Mountains</a>. Its location straddling the North Carolina and Tennessee border makes its majestic mountains, diverse wildlife, and unique culture easily accessible to people traveling from all directions. There are a variety of camping options, including backcountry, frontcountry, group campgrounds, horse camps, and even <a href="http://www.lecontelodge.com">LeConte Lodge</a> (only reached by hiking). The grounds maintained by the park cost between $14 and $23. Oh, and entrance to this park is entirely free!</p> <h2>5. Glacier National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/glacier_park_000003419741.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Between Logan Pass, the Highline Trail, St. Mary Lake, and Grinnell Glacier, there's plenty to see and do at <a href="http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm">Glacier National Park</a> in Montana. There are 1,009 sites in all between the 13 campgrounds the park maintains. Prices range between $10 to $23 per night with an additional $25 for week-long parking during the summer months. Since many grounds operate on a first come, first served basis, you can check the status on this <a href="http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/cgstatus/cgstatus.cfm">handy map</a> for updates.</p> <h2>6. Grand Teton National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/grand_teton.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Majorly impressive alpine terrain is one of the highlights of <a href="http://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm">Grand Teton National Park</a> in Wyoming. You can float the great Snake River, drive the scenic 42-mile park loop, hike the Jenny Lake Trail, and more. Park your car for $30 or walk your way in for just $15. Camping at one of the six campgrounds is $22 per site (some have a utility surcharge). No reservations are accepted. Maximum stay at the Jenny Lake grounds is seven nights per year.</p> <h2>7. Grand Canyon National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/grand_canyon_000020683915.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Of course, Arizona's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm">Grand Canyon National Park</a> has to make this ultimate list for its expansive views and stunning geology. Talk about huge: The canyon itself is a mile deep, 277 river miles long, and 18 miles at its widest. Not only is this park a true national treasure, but it's also considered one of the natural wonders of the world. Admission is $30 per vehicle. With camping, you need to act fast. There are three campgrounds total, and only two take reservations. Prices range between $18 to $25 per night with a variety of options.</p> <h2>8. Big Bend National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/big_bend_national_park.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>For mountains, desert, and all sorts of critters, visit <a href="http://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm">Big Bend National Park</a> in Texas. There are over 150 miles of trails that snake through desert oases, canyons, rivers, and more. Three frontcountry campgrounds offer 184 sites total for $14 a night. Vehicles cost $25 for the week and plain entry is $12 per person.</p> <h2>9. Badlands National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/badlands_national_park.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>South Dakota's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm">Badlands National Park</a> has some impressive fossil beds among its rocky skyline. The Notch Trail is challenging but definitely worth the effort for the view at the end. And everyone in your family can see the sights by driving the Loop Scenic Byway. Entry costs $15 for the week via car or $7 if you hike or bike. There are two campgrounds that cost $18 per night for a basic tent site.</p> <h2>10. Shenandoah National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/shenandoah_000019176722.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Would you believe the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm">Shenandoah National Park</a> is a mere 75 miles outside Washington, D.C.? Believe it. Getting your vehicle into the park will cost $20 for the week. Camping at one of the park's four campgrounds is a modest $15 to $17 per night. That's not a lot to enjoy a good chunk of the Appalachian Trail, Bearfence Mountain, and the Old Rag Mountain Hike.</p> <p>For information on all parks, visit the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/index.htm">National Park Service</a>.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite National Park?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit">5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip">The Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors">8 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Outdoors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping">7 Things You Should Never Do When Camping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel camping hiking national parks nature outdoors Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:01:55 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1468136 at http://www.wisebread.com A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/camping_trip_000057103560.jpg" alt="Family using camping hacks for their adventures" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Headed camping this summer? It's a great way to travel &mdash; and certainly <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-summer">lighter on the wallet</a>. At the same time, camping is a lot more work than staying at a hotel. That doesn't need to be a deal breaker, though. Before you pack, check through this list of amazing camping hacks that have your health, safety, and comfort in mind.</p> <h2>1. Smart System</h2> <p>Organize your packing with this family's <a href="http://www.yourownhomestore.com/family-camping-list/">three-tub system</a> and last-minute checklist. One plastic tub is for kitchen stuff, the next holds the stuff that will go inside the tent, and the last will carry all the miscellaneous camping supplies. Your last-minute checklist will vary depending on your family, time of year, and where you're going.</p> <h2>2. Kid Tub</h2> <p>Keeping your little ones clean can be tricky in the wild. If you pack some of your stuff in those big plastic containers, you can <a href="http://www.livingonalatte.com/2011/06/camping-with-little-kids.html">use one as a tub</a> for bath time. The author has a solar shower that gives her family warm water. Placing the tub in a sunny spot for an hour or so should have a similar effect.</p> <h2>3. Clothes Organization</h2> <p>Don't grab your clothes out of disorganized duffle bags or &mdash; worse &mdash; the floor. Instead, bring one of those <a href="http://mamamomtourage.com/2014/08/05/go-see-do-yosemite-2/">collapsible hanging sorters</a> to corral bathing suits, sweaters, shorts, and other gear. This tip works best if your tent is tall. If not, try a smaller organizer like this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000A64AUU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000A64AUU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=EM3L7OAW2CU7SPYV">three-shelf canvas sorter</a>.</p> <h2>4. Clear Storage</h2> <p>For the rest of your stuff, keep the dirt and bugs out with clothing and <a href="http://blueeyedblessings.blogspot.com/2009/08/get-organizedcamping-style.html">bedding storage bags</a>. You know, the kind that come with new sheets, comforters, curtains, etc. Some close with zippers and others with snaps. Either way, they're free storage that's perfect for camping.</p> <h2>5. Tent Cover</h2> <p>Planning to stay somewhere rainy? This camper shares an awesome trick from his adventures in the Pacific Northwest. <a href="http://www.extrahyperactive.com/2014/05/tips-on-camping-in-pacific-northwest.html">Cover your tent</a> with a canopy for extra protection from the elements. This layer will also help if it's particularly windy.</p> <h2>6. Solar Lights</h2> <p>Illuminate your space with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L0IQEMY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00L0IQEMY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YLRKA3RFES2CQKSR">solar lights</a> that don't require any batteries. You'll just need to make sure they get plenty of sun during the day for optimal power. If you're stuck on how to use them, try mounting on an inverted terra cotta pot as a centerpiece.</p> <h2>7. Jug Light</h2> <p>Or use a headlamp <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/listorama/2415268242/in/faves-31716342@N00/">attached to a water jug</a> as a reading lamp. The camper who shared this tip says it's &quot;easy on the eyes&quot; compared to candles and plain flashlights. Just make sure the jug is full of water and you're good to go.</p> <h2>8. Bug Off</h2> <p>Skip the expensive chemical bug repellents and <a href="http://mintjulepsnmuddin.blogspot.com/2013/08/safer-mosquito-repellant.html?m=1">use Listerine</a> instead. Pour the mouthwash into a spray bottle and spritz for protection. You'll need to reapply just like you would with other repellents. And skip the whitening varieties &mdash; they could bleach clothing.</p> <h2>9. Washing Station</h2> <p>Rig a large water container into a <a href="http://doitandhow.com/2013/04/23/hand-washing-station/">handwashing station</a> with a few bungee cords and add-ons. You'll tether a paper towel holder onto the top and place another bucket to catch falling water below. Don't forget to bring soap!</p> <h2>10. Bag Corral</h2> <p>All those plastic grocery bags can come in handy when you're out in nature. Use them to collect dirty clothes, carry garbage, or hold whatever else you might need. Stuff bags in an empty <a href="http://www.theteacherswife.com/2013/09/diy-reusing-baby-wipes-containers-to.html">baby wipes container</a> for easy, clutter-free access. That's all there is to it.</p> <h2>11. Fire Starter</h2> <p>Here's a must if you're planning any campfire this season: <a href="http://overthebigmoon.com/light-a-fire/">DIY fire starters</a>. Stuff your laundry lint into used toilet paper tubes. Then wrap them in newspaper for clean storage. Light up under the rest of your wood to get your fire roaring.</p> <h2>12. Emergency Inflate</h2> <p>If you brought an air mattress but forgot the pump, don't worry. You can actually inflate your bed <a href="http://lifehacker.com/use-a-trash-bag-to-inflate-a-mattress-when-you-don-t-ha-1625193428">using a garbage bag</a>. Lay your mattress out flat and open its valve. Then wave the garbage bag to fill it with air and secure its opening over the valve. Press the air into the mattress (using your body), repeating as many times as necessary.</p> <h2>13. Key Saver</h2> <p>Many of us camp at lakes or river locations. Keep your keys safe with these <a href="http://www.greenmoxie.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/corks.jpg">cork keychains</a>. Screw an eye bolt into the top of the cork. Attach your keys. Then enjoy the water without worry.</p> <h2>14. Toilet Roll</h2> <p>We've all got to go at one point or another. I'd rather not use leaves to, well, you know. Try making this <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Toilet-Roll-Dispenser/">toilet roll dispenser</a> that will keep your paper clean and tidy. Take an empty soda bottle, cut out the middle, then core your toilet paper, pull the sheets up the spout, and put the bottle back together.</p> <h2>15. Air Conditioner</h2> <p>Those of you who are really crafty might want to make this <a href="https://robotfun.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/swampcooler/">evaporative cooler</a>. Or, in other words, a crude AC system. It comes together for around $40 and a lot of effort, but it's worth every bit. Pick up a five-gallon bucket at your local hardware store, a water pump, cooler pad, elbow duct, a 12-volt battery, and some wire and connectors. After you assemble, pour water into the bucket and enjoy the cool breeze.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite camping hack?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fa-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FA%20DIY%20Air%20Conditioner%20and%2014%20Other%20Cool%20Camping%20Hacks.jpg&amp;description=A%20DIY%20Air%20Conditioner%20and%2014%20Other%20Cool%20Camping%20Hacks" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/A%20DIY%20Air%20Conditioner%20and%2014%20Other%20Cool%20Camping%20Hacks.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping">7 Things You Should Never Do When Camping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit">5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors">8 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Outdoors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip">The Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Travel camping DIY nature outdoors Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1464649 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Outdoors http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_outdoors_000021612624.jpg" alt="man loves outdoors and on his bike in the city" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Reconnecting with nature is one of the best things we can do to improve our mental and physical health. In fact, researchers at the University of Minnesota found that our physical environment has a direct <a href="http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/environment/nature-and-us/how-does-nature-impact-our-wellbeing">impact on stress levels</a>.</p> <p>Here are eight cities that make it easy and affordable for their residents and visitors to access nature.</p> <h2>1. Portland, Oregon</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/portland_000030723434.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>In Portland, Oregon you can pick your weather. It's a short drive to skiing in the winter, or surfing in the summer. If you have a penchant for camping, hiking, and exploring on your own two feet, Portland makes it easy to do that all year long with its temperate climate and abundant natural beauty. Portland's residents are some of the most passionate environmentalists in the country, and the city has been named one of the most bike-friendly places in the word.</p> <h2>2. Burlington, Vermont</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/burlington_000041492728.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The summer I spent in Burlington, Vermont was one of the best summers of my life. I could bike or walk everywhere. The city itself is covered in trees and green space, and it's surrounded by deep woods complete with lakes, streams, and mountains. The integration of the city into its natural environment lends an easy-going, friendly atmosphere to its residents and visitors alike.</p> <h2>3. Fort Collins, Colorado</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/fort_collins_000018270979.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Rocky Mountains are icons of the natural beauty that's so abundant in the American West. Nestled into the foothills of Rocky Mountain National Park, Fort Collins is a city that provides a perfect blend of urban culture and nature. Whether your vehicle of choice is a bike, kayak, or your running shoes, Fort Collins offers plenty of ways to get around and enjoy the scenery. It's no wonder that it's consistently a receiver of <a href="http://www.fcgov.com/fcfacts.php?ID=6">best city awards</a> lists in multiple publications.</p> <h2>4. Charlottesville, Virginia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/charlottesville_000016738009.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>I would think I'm a bit biased toward C'ville because I went to Darden Business School at UVA. However, publications were <a href="http://www.charlottesville.org/index.aspx?page=158">raving about Charlottesville</a> long before I was there, and have continued to do so in the eight years since I graduated. With the Blue Ridge Mountains at your doorstep, you can't help but have an amazing time outdoors in this charming quintessential college town.</p> <h2>5. Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/minneapolis_000057139250.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>With the twin cities, you get two for the price of one. While cold in the winter, Minneapolis and St. Paul are phenomenal choices for bike lovers in the spring, summer, and fall because of their extensive park systems. You can enjoy boat access to both the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers. Hiking is also a common and much-enjoyed pastime for residents and tourists.</p> <h2>6. Buffalo, New York</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/buffalo_000015689720.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Buffalo is booming. Recent revitalization efforts have transformed downtown and brought a much-increased sense of culture to this former industrial town. A stone's throw from Niagara Falls and Toronto, another scenic nature-loving city, Buffalo is perfectly situated for people who want to combine urban convenience with plenty of time spent close to nature. New York State's wine country is also an easy drive from Buffalo.</p> <h2>7. Nashville, Tennessee</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/nashville_000022666432.jpg" width="605" height="341" alt="" /></p> <p>In case you haven't heard, the travel world is buzzing about Nashville. Long known as the seat of country music, this vibrant city is also a nature lover's dream. Situated on the banks of the Cumberland River (a tributary of the Ohio River), Nashville's mild winters along with long spring and fall seasons make it easy to enjoy the outdoors for most of the year. Two new riverfront parks are under construction on the east and west banks of the city, and will include an outdoor amphitheater for those who want to combine their passions for the arts and the outdoors.</p> <h2>8. Charleston, South Carolina</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/charleston_000020519230.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>This fall I took my first trip to Charleston and I fell in love with it. Its scenic river views, rich history, and southern charm gracefully build a bridge (literally) between nature and the built environments. People in Charleston also take the time to enjoy the view, and when you're around them, you do, too. They know how good they have it, and after one visit you'll be planning a return trip.</p> <p>If you've been longing to get back to nature in an affordable way, these eight cities are well worth a visit. Who knows? You might just find a new hometown to call your own.</p> <p><em>What city brings you closest to nature? Tell us where to go in comments!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%20Best%20Cities%20for%20Frugal%20Lovers%20of%20the%20Outdoors.jpg&amp;description=8%20Best%20Cities%20for%20Frugal%20Lovers%20of%20the%20Outdoors" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Best%20Cities%20for%20Frugal%20Lovers%20of%20the%20Outdoors.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit">5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping">7 Things You Should Never Do When Camping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip">The Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel biking camping cheap vacations cities nature outdoors Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:00:07 +0000 Christa Avampato 1357946 at http://www.wisebread.com 50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Grand Tetons - hike near lodge 16.jpg" alt="flowers with Grand Tetons in the background" title="Grand Teton National Park - flowers with mountains in background" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are lots of ways to have free outdoor fun. &quot;Naturally,&quot; being outside can be all about exploring nature &mdash; taking a rigorous hike in a national park, for example &mdash; but there are loads of things that you can do outside that involve neither hugging trees nor sweating. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47&nbsp;Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a>)</p> <h3>Relax and Contemplate</h3> <ol> <li>Gaze at the sky, looking at the stars. Or use this guide from Astro Guyz to learn how to <a href="http://astroguyz.com/2010/01/20/satellite-spotting-a-quick-how-to-guide/">spot a satellite</a>.</li> <li>Walk a labyrinth. Find a place that is free and open to the public using this <a href="http://labyrinthlocator.com/home">labyrinth locator</a>.</li> <li>Relax on a park bench, Forrest Gump-style.</li> <li>Lie on the grass and look at the clouds. If you want to know more about different types of clouds, check out these <a href="http://cloudappreciationsociety.org/collecting/main-types/">descriptions of clouds</a>.</li> <li>Watch a sunrise, sunset, or both. For times where you live, check your local newspaper or visit this <a href="http://www.sunrisesunset.com/">sunrise-sunset website</a>.</li> <li>Write. Compose a letter, record your thoughts in a journal, or create a blog post.</li> <li>Read outside. Take your book or e-reader outdoors.</li> <li>Listen to night sounds like crickets chirping.</li> <li>Do yoga poses outside, which you may find more soothing than doing them indoors.</li> <li>Visit a nearby river or creek (or urban park with lots of fountains) and listen to the water flowing.</li> </ol> <h3>Learn Something New</h3> <ol start="11"> <li>Walk around looking at architectural styles in your neighborhood or city. Study styles before you go (see <a href="http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~twp/architecture/">photos of various architectural styles</a>) or take photos for review afterwards.</li> <li>Visit public gardens. Use this <a href="http://www.publicgardens.org/gardens">public garden search tool</a> to find a place to visit; check out each garden&rsquo;s website to see if there is free admission.</li> <li>Go on a bird walk. Organize your own or join one sponsored by an <a href="http://www.audubon.org/">Audubon Society chapter</a>.</li> <li>Visit a national historical monument. Find one using this <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_National_Monuments_of_the_United_States#List_of_National_Monuments.">national monument list</a>. One of my favorites is Arizona&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.nps.gov/cach/index.htm">Canyon de Chelly</a>, which is great for a view, hike, and historical tour combined in one outing.</li> <li>Go to an air show. Find a free show at an Air Force base near you like the <a href="http://www.wingsoverwayneairshow.com/">Wings Over Wayne Air Show</a> or <a href="http://www.jsoh.org/ ">Joint Service Open House</a>.</li> <li>Take part in a ranger-led outing at a public park.</li> </ol> <h3>Hang Out With Your Kids</h3> <ol start="17"> <li>Look for four-leaf clovers.</li> <li>Climb a tree.</li> <li>Play at the playground, or relax in the shade while you watch the kids play.</li> <li>Build a sand castle at the beach or the big sandbox at the playground.</li> <li>Play <a href="http://www.gameskidsplay.net/games/chasing_games/tag/tag_flashlight.htm">flashlight tag</a> after dark.</li> <li>Teach your kids how to play outdoor games (or let them teach you the games they play).</li> <li>Collect rocks from your backyard.</li> <li>Watch construction from the visitor&rsquo;s side of the fence. (My son loved watching the big equipment when he was a small child.)</li> <li>Play catch.</li> <li>Toss a Frisbee.</li> <li>Go to a parade (or walk in one) around Independence Day or the holidays.</li> <li>Cool off in the summer by wading in a creek, river, or lake.</li> <li>Catch and release fireflies after dark in the summer.</li> <li>Build a snowman, make snow angels, or have a friendly snowball fight in the winter.</li> <li>Go leaf viewing in your neighborhood or jump in piles of leaves in your backyard in the fall.</li> <li>Pick flowers in your backyard or walk around to see blooming flowers in the spring.</li> </ol> <h3>Hang Out With Friends</h3> <ol start="33"> <li>Attend free outdoor concerts or plays sponsored by downtown associations, theater groups, etc.</li> <li>Go window shopping in a quaint downtown. Find an interesting <a href="http://www.gozaic.com/Explore/Downtowns/">historic downtown</a> to explore.</li> <li>Visit street festivals with art exhibits, street performers, and craft demonstrations.</li> <li>Watch people take part in technical activities, like rock climbing, <a href="http://www.ripboard.com/community/whitewaterpark.shtml">kayaking</a>, or sailing, to see if you would like to start a new sport.</li> <li>Take in a kids&rsquo; ballgame such as a Little League game or high school scrimmage.</li> <li>Sit on the grass outside the stadium (if allowed) for college or professional events.</li> <li>Talk with friends outside. This is especially fun during the time from dusk to nightfall in the summer, or nearly anytime in the spring and fall.</li> </ol> <h3>Be Productive While Having Fun</h3> <ol start="40"> <li>Volunteer for a charity bike ride, triathlon, or road race, such as a 5K or marathon. Find events using <a href="http://www.active.com">Active.com</a>, and visit the organizer&rsquo;s website to learn about opportunities. Check out the event route and logistics if you want to participate in upcoming years.</li> <li>Take photos of your family members. Use these in your annual holiday cards.</li> <li>Exercise your dog.</li> <li>Get involved in a community gardening project. Check with local hunger relief agencies, cooperative extension office, or gardening organization to find a program or learn how to start one.</li> <li>Participate in a community cleanup or <a href="http://www.americanrivers.org/our-work/restoring-rivers/national-river-cleanup/">river cleanup</a> project.</li> </ol> <h3>Move Around and Get Fit or Faster</h3> <ol start="45"> <li>Hike. Ask your outdoorsy friends about their favorite places or check out <a href="http://www.backpacker.com/">Backpacker Magazine's community recommendations</a>.</li> <li>Go running at a steady pace.</li> <li>Do interval training to get ready for a race or outdoor adventure.</li> <li>Swim in a lake, river, or ocean. Be careful and have fun.</li> <li>Take a stroll in your neighborhood. Stop and talk with your neighbors.</li> <li>Take a bike ride. Go alone or find a group ride with local cycling groups, outdoor groups, or bicycle shops.</li> <li>Enjoy a multi-use trail. Find a trail by checking out maps from your parks and recreation department or use a <a href="http://www.traillink.com/">trail finder</a>.</li> </ol> <h3>Enjoy Nature</h3> <ol start="52"> <li>Get closer to nature at a national park or state park. Check out the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm">National Park Service's website</a> to find a park to visit at no charge and discover free activities.</li> <li>Take photos of nature. See this <a href="http://www.howtophotography.org/topics/learn_photography/nature/">tips for capturing images of birds, flowing water, and more</a>.</li> <li>Watch the <a href="http://www.moonconnection.com/moon_phases_calendar.phtml">moon go through its phases</a>.</li> </ol> <p><em>What are your favorite ways to have free outdoor fun?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F50%252B%2520Ways%2520to%2520Have%2520Free%2520Outdoor%2520Fun.jpg&amp;description=50%2B%20Ways%20to%20Have%20Free%20Outdoor%20Fun"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/50%2B%20Ways%20to%20Have%20Free%20Outdoor%20Fun.jpg" alt="50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/massive-list-of-things-to-do-while-watching-tv">Massive List of Things to Do While Watching TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fun-and-cheap-things-to-do-during-the-weekday">8 Fun and Cheap Things to Do During the Weekday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/score-how-to-host-a-great-game-night">Score! How to Host a Great Game Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-frugal-ways-to-celebrate-fall">31 Frugal Ways to Celebrate Fall</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Green Living Lifestyle nature outdoor sports things to do Tue, 23 Aug 2011 10:24:20 +0000 Julie Rains 665804 at http://www.wisebread.com The best things in life are (more or less) free http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-things-in-life-are-more-or-less-free <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/pinkflowers2.jpg" alt="pink flowers" title="pink flowers" width="400" height="291" /></p> <p>Now, at the risk of sounding like a great big softy, I have to share a moment that I experienced recently that reminded me of the real value of money and the place I want it to have in my life.</p> <p>Over the weekend, I was driving around Queen Anne hill in Seattle, trying to find a place that I plan on volunteering at in the near future. Seattle is a nice city, but it is mostly made up of dead-end one-way streets and a couple major highways, patrolled largely by small women with small cell phones in large SUVs who seem unaware that anyone else could possibly occupy part of the road as well.</p> <p>As usual, I was lost. I wasn&#39;t aided by the fact that someone had found it hilarious to turn some of the street signs around so that I was driving in a windy circle, believing mistakenly that I was somehow repeatedly passing my location, which was, in fact, several blocks away.</p> <p>In desperation, I made a sudden right turn onto a street that looked promising. Dead end. I pulled back out onto the street, made a right, and another right. Dead end.</p> <p>I believe that my response was to scream some obscenities. I pulled over, trying to calm my nerves. I had exactly 10 minutes to get where I was going, and I was pretty sure that half of that would be occupied finding parking.</p> <p>When I looked up, I realized that I had pulled onto what had to be the loveliest street in all of Seattle.</p> <p>This is my favorite time of year. I&#39;ve fortunately outgrown my <a href="/8-top-ways-to-care-for-your-allergies-without-damaging-the-budget">allergies to pollen</a>, so spring doesn&#39;t affect me badly the way it used to. I&#39;m enjoying the warmer weather and blooming bulbs, the way the grass, dormant for so long, grows a couple of inches overnight and smells so green in the early morning. But my favorite things in the world are the blossoming flowers.</p> <p>Seattle has a lot of cherry trees. We have a longstanding relationship with Japan, so all over the city, you&#39;ll find trees that are gifts from various Japanese sister cities or governments. People grow them in their yards, too, of course.</p> <p>The street that I pulled over on was lined with cherry trees. Those little strips of grass and yard that are located in front of homes,but separate from the front yard, between the sidewalk and the street? I don&#39;t even know what they&#39;re called. These little strips were covered, from one end of the small street to the other, with flowering pink trees. The trees had been blooming for a week or so, so the blossoms were just beginning to fall. So the entire street was carpeted in tiny, delicate pink petals.</p> <p>I opened my window, turned off the car, and leaned back to breathe and relax. The air was sweet and honey-like, with a touch of spice from some nearby cottonwoods that were just beginning to sprout moist, chartreuse leaf buds. It was as though all my responsibilities simply fell away, all my obligations and worries and frustrations, which are many.</p> <p>Most of the best and happiest moments of my life have been with my family. This was the best of my solitary moments, the most Zen-like time I had allowed myself in a very long time. </p> <p>I started give myself one of those &quot;best things in life are free&quot; lectures, but I realized that money allowed me to be where I was (and not working), and money allowed me to have my small car that nearly gets creamed by SUVs. Money allows me to live in the city so that I don&#39;t have to drive very far to get frustrated and pull off onto a beautiful cul de sac where the air was fresh and sweet and the parking was plentiful. Money bought those trees. I don&#39;t mean to seem cynical or jaded, but I&#39;m certainly not naive enough to believe that money isn&#39;t a deep and integral part of so much of what we do and see and want and love.</p> <p>But money didn&#39;t make those trees bloom. I&#39;m not religious, so I didn&#39;t thank any higher power for my moment of Zen, but I feel grateful for it. For having experienced it then, and for being able to remember its power weeks later, stuck in traffic on I-5, occasionally dodging SUVs, driven by small women, talking on small cell phones.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-things-in-life-are-more-or-less-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-wealthy-are-you-beyond-your-bank-account">How Wealthy Are You Beyond Your Bank Account?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/duh-libraries">Duh..Libraries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-attraction">‘Secret’ Attraction</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle expensive flowers free life money nature spring walking Fri, 06 Apr 2007 01:44:48 +0000 Andrea Karim 463 at http://www.wisebread.com